Postdoctoral researcher in cellular and molecular brain research on autism
UC Davis MIND Institute
September 10, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Academic / Research
The laboratory of Dr. Cyndi Schumann at the UC Davis MIND Institute and Department of Psychiatry is seeking one postdoctoral fellow with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or related field and interest in cellular neuroanatomical development of the human and nonhuman primate brain across lifespan, with focus on autism.
The postdoctoral researcher will carry out research in Dr. Schumann’s laboratory on cellular mechanisms of human amygdala maturation across lifespan, utilizing postmortem human brain tissue and quantitative neuroanatomical and histological techniques. Additional training and collaborative opportunities will involve neuroanatomical study of the nonhuman primate brain and preclinical models in schizophrenia and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Proficiency in histological laboratory techniques and expertise in neuroanatomy is desired. Postdocs will be expected to carry out work, write, and publish within 2 years.
The postdoctoral researcher will also apply for a 2-year fellowship in the the Autism Research Training Program. The goal of the program is to train truly interdisciplinary autism research scientists with weekly courses from MIND Institute faculty ranging from animal models to human genetics to clinical diagnoses.
The postdoctoral researcher will also receive hands-on experience with conducting laboratory processing procedures on newly-acquired human brain donations in collaboration with Dr. Schumann’s brain banking programs, Brain Endowment in Autism Research Sciences (BEARS) and Brain Endowment for Mental Health. Occasional evenings will be required.
Additional duties will include manuscript writing for publication, presentation of findings at conferences, assisting with laboratory grant applications, writing independent grant applications, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and other lab related activities.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter with a summary of research interests and experience, along with curriculum vitae, to Dr. Cyndi Schumann, Ph.D. email@example.com.
Ph.D. in Neuroscience or related field required. The candidate needs to be highly motivated, self-driven, creative, and an interactive scientist. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required as well as an interest, and preferably prior experience, in microscopy. Qualified applicants should have track record of first-author research papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Writing sample required with application.
Internal Number: MIND-Schumann
About UC Davis MIND Institute
The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and cures of neurodevelopmental disorders. The MIND Institute offers a 2-year postdoctoral training program to train truly interdisciplinary autism research scientists. Each trainee will have a primary mentor, the faculty member with whom they directly carry out their research program as well as attend core courses ranging from human genetics, to neuroanatomy, to clinical diagnosis.